~ Alea Iacta Est ~

Parasaran Raman


I spent 5+ wonderful years as a PhD student (Fall 2008 - Fall 2013) in Computing (Data Management & Analysis Track) at the School of Computing, University of Utah.

I worked as a Research Assistant with my wonderful advisor, Dr. Suresh Venkatasubramanian. After a slightly unsuccessful attempt at building a distance metric for clusterings by constructing a lattice structure on top of all possible partitions of data, I found other ways to navigate the landscape of clusterings. I built a reproducing kernel Hilbert space based framework for representing partitions that can be used to compare, combine, generate and evaluate clusterings towards a holistic meta-clustering approach.

After a brief stint at Yahoo!, working on some large data problems in display ads, I am back in Salt Lake to do some exciting Machine Learning work for Eastwind Networks.

Here are some things you might be interested in:

It turns out that I can always define any part of my life in 4 lines.

Grad Days

  • Ask (?) possible research questions and try answering them at the theory lab.
  • Cook.
  • Eat.
  • Sleep.

Work Days : here and here

  • Keep chugging at COBOL Code.
  • Keep chugging at COBOL Code.
  • Keep chugging at COBOL Code.
  • All this between large mugs of coffee.

Undergrad Days

  • Attending many technical conferences at various colleges in Mathematics and Computer Science, winning many of them.
  • Leading and Organizing many technical symposiums at college.
  • Designing Posters / Banners, Creating Softwares in Flash for various contests held at college.
  • Representing my college in Soccer at regional levels.

School Days

  • Play Cricket on the streets.
  • Participate / Win Quiz and Essay Writing contests.
  • Break my head over Math Puzzles.
  • Pray Rain God to send incessant showers hoping that it could keep me at home.

I love reading quotations and here are few I like in particular.


There is no easy way to prove a deep result - Law of conservation of difficulties. Black holes result from God dividing the universe by zero. In the binary system we count on our fists instead of on our fingers. The human mind has never invented a labor-saving machine equal to algebra. Bad code isn't bad, its just misunderstood. I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand. - Confucious